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The writing style is action oriented with a huge focus on building unique characters. It flows along very well and I found myself turning page after page very quickly. This was definitely one of those books you just can’t put down. While completely unique in its own right it carried the spirit of Star Wars, Dune, and Spawn. Maybe Spawn is the wrong comic but it deals with someone coming to grips with who they are, what they’ve done and what they could do.
I truly enjoyed this book mainly for the deep focus on characters that while flawed, kept pushing on, struggling to find answers, find themselves, find purpose. Also, the awesomely imaginative and deep world building was huge is making this book one of my favorites.
I cannot wait to read more from Hall & Beaulieu! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi, fantasy or superhero comics. Even if you don’t like those you should give it a try because the unique blending of those genres is pulled off wonderfully.
The destructive forces of the Solovot race are on yet another world, drilling to it's core in order to tap and ultimately steal the immense power for their home world. Killing the planet and all it's inhabitants in the process.
Brother Dust has had enough of this mindless destruction so he begins a campaign of mindless destruction of his own, killing the Solovot overlords and their native insectile collaborators.
There are numerous flashbacks explaining BD's life and that of a few other characters. The authors use this method to establish the motivations of the cast of characters to a greater or lesser extent. Of course there's the revolution a'la Star Wars, but on a planetary, rather than a galactic scale. Everyone does what they do in order to defeat the 'High Father' of the Solovot, who believes he's destroying planets, causing ecological imbalance and killing billions of innocents in the name of God. Why does this theme sound so familiar? Dust and sand, killing in God's name? I'll leave it to you to decide if this is an allegory of today's world situation.
In any case, the book is page after page of destruction, war, violence (mindless and otherwise) and the angst and the righteous indignation of the rebel cause. It was fun at first but slowly became tedious for me. Toward the end of the book, the true motivations come to the surface, but instead of reconciliation, it changes nothing.
Like most shoot-'em-ups, the main characters suffer injury after debilitating injury without them slowing down the action. I've been shot once in my life, only a 'flesh wound', and it was WEEKS before I was even close to feeling up to walking. Wounds like these are traumatic, nothing to brush off as being just an inconvenience like authors would have their readers believe. But then, it wouldn't make a very good story, now would it?
I read this book from cover to cover, but found it to be just mediocre. I wasn't enthralled or captivated as I usually am when reading a really good story. This wasn't one; it was merely interesting.
I notice that there are other reviews that say this is an action thrill ride. It may be, if that's all you're looking for. To me, it was less about action and more about friendships and relationships, personal angst and revenge. It makes me wonder what the author's real intent was here. I feel it was more about putting words on a page rather that working toward a clear goal.
There are sequels. I won't be reading them. One last note: I was attracted by the author's names and how they roll off the tongue... Hall & Beaulieu -> Hullabaloo!
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